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Dandelion Summer Music-Making Workshops

What might music inspired by a garden sound like? Join free summer workshops with Dandelion Dundee’s Musicians in Residence to find out!

Throughout July and August, Dandelion Dundee’s Musicians in Residence, St. Kilda Mailboat, will be hosting music-making workshops at Fair Growing Green, the city’s Unexpected Garden. Inspired by themes of growing and ecology, they invite you to explore how we can make music in ways that foster connection with the natural world.

Dates: every Sunday from 17 July until 4 September
Time: 1:30-3:00pm
Location: Fair Growing Green, Fairmuir Park, Dundee, DD3 8JE

Each of these Sunday sessions is a chance to learn songs and rhythms related to the growing season, explore the realm of acoustic ecology, and collaborate to create new grassroots music for a celebratory Harvest Festival on Sat 10 and Sun 11 September.

Free, with no need to book. These sessions are designed for adults, but interested young people aged 10+ are welcome to join. No experience required—open to musicians and non-musicians alike, and beginners are welcome!

Together, we’ll be digging into the past to revive older traditions that inspire new ones; we’ll dream into the future to consider what seeds we should sow now for those who come next; and we’ll dive deep into the present moment to connect with what surrounds us: the breeze, sunlight, plants and animals.

Join us to write songs, create sound-pieces, make instruments, explore improvisation and graphic scores, and look into the world of insect music and birdsong. There will be opportunities for deep listening, creative writing, community singing and rhythmic work, as we collaborate to make a wild ‘band of growers’ who will perform at the Harvest Festival.

Dandelion is a national creative celebration of growing, music and community taking place across Scotland. Local partners have come together to bring the project to the city, including the University of Dundee, Creative Dundee, Dundee City Council and community group, Friends of Fairmuir. Dundee’s Unexpected Garden, Fair Growing Green, will bring new life and fresh produce to the former bowling green in the popular Fairmuir Park over summer 2022.

Dandelion is commissioned by EventScotland and funded by the Scottish Government, and is Scotland’s contribution to UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.

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